I had a great time this weekend with some great friends! Camping and canoeing was a blast! I am still living the July 5th lack of celebration hangover and it was catching up to me until I saw the Casey Anthony trial verdict and instantly was pumped up about freedom again!
Casey Anthony was found not guilty. That’s wonderful for the defense… they didnt have to defend much. The prosecution did a crap-tastic job trying the case. I do have to commend the defense in keeping the jury focused on the law in this case and not on the way the jury may have felt about certain personalities in the courtroom.
Twitter is ablaze with people ready to pull out pitchforks and torches because the “jury must have been a bunch of idiots.” Let’s be clear. Most people try to get out of juries… so the likely hood one of these “really smart” twitter people getting on the jury is sooooooooooo unlikely. Just because journalists or those non-journalistic, editorializing types like Nancy Grace want to say this woman is guilty and should “fry” is not cause for a guilty verdict. The action is ultimately brought about in the courtroom. Juries aren’t stupid inherently. Juries are there to interpret the law. In this case they interpreted a Murder 1 charge and with the evidence the prosecution brought, they came back “not convinced” — AKA Not guilty. Not innocent… but not guilty.
All in all, this case brings about awareness for how the judicial system works. It works without passion or prejudice (or at least how it should work.) We are all entitled to be tried by what the law states not by what some blathering idiot says on TV.
For the people who keep saying, “we need justice for Caylee.” In these statements they propose that the mother should be put to death on the spot. How in the hell does society get justice for Caylee? These people want “justice” but they also want what amounts to a judge, jury and hangman system in this case singularly. That is not how things work. In America we use evidence and an established system of laws to make people and businesses whole.
Doesn’t it behoove us as a race to understand that it isn’t justice we strive for; but equality? We are about making things whole in our justice system. Punitive actions aside, we make things whole with our system. Justice is an ideal. In this case it wasn’t justice that wasn’t “done” — because it was. It was the result of justice that people are unhappy about.
The fact that I have the right to write my feelings on this case and that we have a right to a fair trial that forces people to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that someone is guilty or not is just one more thing that gives me a freedom boner.